Honoring Westport Volunteer Maria Lovello

Volunteer role: Dog walker, volunteer photographer, enrichment and behavior modification team

Length of service: 15 years

I started volunteering because…I wanted to work with dogs.

My favorite part of volunteering is…knowing I’ve enhanced an animal’s life for a period of time.

My most memorable volunteer experience is…meeting all of the amazing employees and co-volunteers!

I know I am making a difference when…an animal gets adopted because of a photo I’ve taken or a video I’ve made.

The little things I do to help make a pet’s stay at CHS better include…giving them one-on-one attention, brushing or bathing them, and giving them exercise and above all…love.

My advice for new volunteers is…be an asset to the staff and animals.

My favorite things to do outside of CHS include…creating art and fundraising for needy animals.

My hidden talent is…if I told you, it wouldn’t be hidden!

I think volunteerism is important because…there are many groups who need extra help, and by volunteering, you are helping to ease the burden, and what you receive is immeasurable!